Professor in Autonomous Systems

DTU Electrical Engineering
Copenhagen, 2800
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

DTU Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Professor in Autonomous Systems and as Head of Section Autonomous Systems.

You will be leading the Section Autonomous Systems, and you will collaborate closely together with the Section Robotics and Automation, which also will be established based on the existing Section Automation and Control. The Section is in the process of extending the research and teaching facilities in autonomous systems, making the Section among the world elite in the field of autonomous systems.

Responsibilities and qualifications

You must develop the research field of autonomous systems based on the combination of novel technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning etc.) and more classical methodologies.

Emphasis is on information processing (visual etc.) and on autonomous systems (systems engineering) both at component and systems level and single systems as well as collaborating autonomous systems. The application field is broad and in rapid development, and includes mobile robotics, industrial robotics, space robotics, marine robotics, and agricultural robotics.

The subject area is expected to address several of the following research challenges:

  • Visual Sensing & Perception
    • Abstraction mechanisms for visual data processing,
    • 3D perception for autonomous systems,
    • Robot vision and vision systems in challenging natural environments.
    • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
      • Machine learning methods for robust operation of mobile autonomous systems,
      • Artificial Intelligence methods for cognitive robotics,
      • Model-learning for reinforcement-learning and robot control.

The research can be based on advanced modelling combined with experimental validation in our world-class laboratory facilities.

The tasks include research, teaching, and innovation combined with leadership within these areas, and we expect the candidate to further strengthen our internationally recognized research activitiers as well as expand academic and industrial collaboration. Entrepreneurship and project management are integrated aspects of the position.

You must engage in existing educations at all levels within Autonomous Systems. You should thus take a leading role in identifying new educational needs and assume responsibility for contact to relevant academia, industries, and collaboration partners—both national and international—as part of this activity.

You are expected to play a central role in fundraising.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the
BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills


Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ole Ravn, tel.: +45 4525 3560, or Head of Department Preben Jørgensen, mobile: +45 9351 1211,

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineeirng at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at
DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than
15 September 2021 (Danish time). Apply online here: Professor in Autonomous Systems

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link ‘Apply online’, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)


You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


The Automation and Control group performs research and teaching in automation technology, control theory and robotics at DTU. The group has core competences in feedback and Control, Signal processing and integration as well as Systems Engineering with applications in a broad range of fields. The group has about 35 affiliated researchers and other employees. Please read more about the Automation and Control group on


DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct excellent research within acoustic technologies, electromagnetic systems, electronics, autonomous systems, robotic technologies, digital energy solutions, interconnected energy systems, electric energy technologies, and not least electrification in many respects. Our department has more than 200 members of staff. Please read more about the Department of Electrical Engineering on

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world


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